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Father Damien’s sainthood: Here's the complete TV and relic tour schedule

Hawaii_Saint_Damien_relic_schedule_tour_canonizationOn Oct. 11, Father Damien de Veuster will become Hawaii’s first canonized saint.

The Catholic Church will officially recognize Hawaii’s beloved priest as a saint during a canonization ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City. During the Rome ceremony, Pope Benedict XVI will present Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva with a Damien relic—his right heel bone. (Another relic, Damien’s right hand, is buried outside St. Philomena Church in Kalawao, Molokai, on the Kalaupapa peninsula).

Throughout October, the relic will travel to Michigan, California and, finally, Hawaii. 

Damien is most known for taking care of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) patients on remote Kalaupapa peninsula. His canonization comes 120 years after his death from the same disease that took the lives of 8,000 people in Hawaii. Today, he’s also known as the unofficial patron of those with HIV and AIDS.

Several Hawaii residents have already left the Islands for a pilgrimage to Damien’s birthplace in Belgium before traveling to Rome for the canonization.

If you can’t be in Rome on Sun., Oct. 11, you can watch a live broadcast of Damien’s canonization on television here in Hawaii. Rome is 12 hours ahead of Hawaii time, which means Damien’s canonization will take place on Saturday evening in Hawaii.

The live broadcast airs Sat., Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. (Hawaii time) on Hawaii television stations KGMB, KITV and KHON.

Hawaii Catholic parish and school groups will celebrate the historic event together in various parish halls or churches. For updates on locations and times, click here.

Hawaii_Saint_Damien_relic_schedule_tour_canonizationIf you miss the live TV broadcast, the canonization will be replayed Oct. 11 at 7:30 a.m. (Hawaii time) on EWTN Digital Channel 408. The Damien documentary with replay at 1 p.m. on OC 16, followed by another replay of the ceremony.

UPDATE, 10/8/09: Not in Hawaii? We just learned that CatholicTV will air Damien's canonization on Sun., Oct. 11 at noon and 8 p.m. (Eastern time).

In the weeks ahead, HawaiiMagazine.com will continue to post features about Damien—both on his life and life on the Kalaupapa peninsula today.

For now, on the following pages you'll find the complete travel itinerary for Damien’s relic, as it is brought from Rome to Hawaii:


• Oct. 11: St. Peter’s Square (Rome, Italy)—10 a.m. (Rome time) Pope Benedict XVI presents the second relic of Father Damien to Bishop Larry Silva. Note: If you’re in Hawaii, tune in to Oceanic Cable OC 16 on Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. (Hawaii time)

• Oct. 12: Pontifical North American College (Rome)—Mass with members of Hawaii canonization tour.

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Check out these related HawaiiMagazine.com posts:
Pope clears Father Damien for sainthood
Hawaii’s Saint Damien celebrated. Relic now on permanent display here.
Hawaii’s Father Damien: From priesthood to sainthood

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